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Enchey Monastery

Enchey MonasteryState : Sikkim, in the north eastern state of India.
Best time to Travel : March to late May, October to Mid-December.
Significance : The Pilgrimage Centre.
Location : Gangtok, the capital city of Sikkim, which is 148 km from New Jalpaiguri in West Bengal, its neighbouring state.

Know Enchey Monastery in Sikkim
Enchey Monastery of Sikkim is situated in Gangtok, the capital city of Sikkim, India. Situated on a hill top, the Enchey Monastery was built during the reign of Thutob Namgyal. The Enchey Monastery is an important seat of the Nyingma order. The Sikkim Enchey Monastery is built on the location blessed by Lama Druptob Karpo, a tantric master known for his power of flying. This 200 year old Enchey Monastery houses many images of Gods, Goddesses and other religious objects within its complex.

According to the Nyingma order, Enchey Monastery has around 90 monks. The annual Puja is celebrated with dances on the 18th & 19th days of the twelfth month of the lunar calendar.

Every year in the month of January "Chaam" ( a religious masked dance) is performed at this monastery of Sikkim.
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The History
It is believed that, Lama Drupthob Karpa had built a small hermitage at the site, where he reached after he flew from Maenam Hill in South Sikkim. Later during the reign of Sikyong Tulku (1909-1910), the present monastery was built in the shape of a Chinese Pagoda.

Journey to Enchey Monastery in Sikkim
Airport : Nearest airport is Bagdogra in West Bengal( 124 kms.), from where scheduled flights operates to and fro from Kolkata, Delhi, Guwahati. The Bagdogra airport is connected to Gangtok by a helicopter service operating between Gangtok - Bagdogra - Gangtok.

Railhead : Two nearest railway station are at Siliguri (114 km) and New Jalpaiguri (125 km) stabilizing link to Calcutta, Delhi, Guwahati, Lucknow and other important cities in India.

Road Transport : Gangtok is connected with all weather mettaled road with Siliguri, Kalimpong, Gangtok etc. Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim is connected by all weather road to Darjeeling, Kalimpong, Siliguri and also to all the District headquarters within Sikkim.

Private Taxis, Jeeps and Landrovers ply regularly on the Gangtok Siliguri Highway and are available for transfer of passengers between Gangtok and Siliguri/ New Jalpaiguri Junction/ Bagdogra, and also for local sightseeing at fixed rates and may be reserved through Tourist Bureau, Govt. of West Bengal, Gangtok.

NOTE : Foreigners need a permit to enter Sikkim (available at Siliguri).

Staying in Enchey Monastery (Sikkim)
Accommodation is easily available in Gangtok. You may take your pick from the many hotels, tourist Lodge, tourist hostel and tourist cottages in Gangtok. Check out for the hotels that suits you the most.

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